Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for its upcoming Morbius film, featuring Oscar-winner Jared Leto talking about his titular character. The film is set to hit theatres on January 28, 2022.
Leto speaks about his experience playing the role of Dr. Michael Morbius, which, as he notes, is the first time the character has ever appeared in a theatrical release. The actor talks about how much he enjoyed doing a “transformational experience,” as we see his character go from his weakest to an outright monster. The video ends with a cheeky line as Leto says the movie creates a “web of opportunities.” The brand-new trailer for Morbius will drop tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2.
Morbius is a returning villain and anti-hero of Marvel Comics, who was first introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #101, in 1971. The vampiric villain has consistently proved a major threat to Spider-Man over the years, and he also has an ongoing feud with the vampire hunter Blade and was originally supposed to serve as the primary villain of the film Blade II, before being scrapped. The film serves as an origin story for the character, focusing on a scientist named Michael Morbius, who’s trying to cure a debilitating rare blood disease that he has. Of course, things go awry and He is infected with a form of vampirism that grants him super strength and a craving for blood.
Alongside Leto, the movie will star Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Loxias Crown, Adria Arjona (Good Omens) as Martine Bancroft, and Jared Harris (The Crown). The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House and Life). The big question now is if, and how, Morbius will tie into the evolving Spider-verse. The first trailer had hints of the film being connected to Venom and Spider-Man, and that seems especially likely considering the credit scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s trailer to see if there are any more Spider-Man connections.